Meals-on-Wheels volunteers who tirelessly work to improve our community will be recognized during National Volunteer Week, April 28 – May 2, and are asked to share their volunteer experience with others.  

All current volunteers are invited to “Bring A Friend” beginning Monday, April 28 through Friday, May 2.  

“This is a great opportunity for our volunteers to share their joy of serving with others,” said Shanna Dunn, Ellis County volunteer coordinator.  

In an effort to spread the word about Meals-on-Wheels, as well as acknowledge volunteers for their dedication, there will be refreshments and prizes given throughout the week.

In addition, volunteers are being recognized during National Volunteer Week for their service to Meals-on-Wheels with the Shirle Ayers Volunteer Appreciation Award.  This is an annual award recognizing outstanding volunteer service, and is given in memory of Mr. Shirle Ayers, a faithful volunteer for many years.  

This year’s winners are Sidney and Jean Evans of Ennis.  

Mr. and Mrs. Evans’ favorite part of delivering meals, besides just having fun, is talking with the clients. They also enjoy being able to help.  

“Mr. and Mrs. Evans are a joy!  They are so dependable and always willing to help.  I always know I can count on them,” said Dunn.  “Just taking a little time out of your day to help out a fellow human being can make all the difference in the world to Meals-on-Wheels clients,” she added.

Meals-on-Wheels serves over 700 people on a daily basis with the help of people from the local communities.  

“Volunteers are essential for our program to be successful,” said Dunn. “Without the ongoing dedication of volunteers, we would not be able to impact the lives of the elderly, disabled, and their families. Thank you for the invaluable service you provide to our homebound clients!” she added.  

Meals-on-Wheels continues to need additional volunteers to help get meals delivered to the homebound elderly and disabled residents throughout the county.  

The 2008 theme is “Volunteer to Change the World” because it truly reflects the power volunteers have to change the world around them by helping others.  

“And, since the theme of this year’s volunteer week encourages us to make a difference, we ask that you help make a difference in our community, as well as encourage others to do the same.  That could be a co-worker, a neighbor, friend, or family member,” said Amy Jackson, director of development.

National Volunteer Week is sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation (www.pointsoflight.org) and the Volunteer Center National Network.  

The week is designed for organizations nationwide to thank one of America’s most valuable assets – our volunteers – and calling the public's attention to all that they do to improve our communities.      

“We hope that National Volunteer Week will motivate others to volunteer their time and talent to help our country’s most vulnerable residents – the homeless, the hungry, the elderly, at-risk youth, and the disabled,” said Robert K. Goodwin, president and chief executive officer of the Points of Light Foundation.  

National Volunteer Week began in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing an annual celebration of volunteering.  Every president since has signed a proclamation promoting the week.

If you are interested in volunteering or know someone who might need services, please call Meals-on-Wheels at 972-351-9943 or on the web at: www.servingthechildrenofyesterday.org.